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Ear vs Hear ...

Post by Kangas on Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:17 am

Ear and Hear ... sometimes people confuse these two words and we end up with something like: "Speak up. I can't ear you!" Embarassed

Generally speaking, ear refers to the organ responsible for hearing and equilibrium. Hear is a verb that refers to the act of hearing. Neutral ... but there's more ... Very Happy

These are the definitions for both words, according to Dictionary. com

  • Ear

    1. the organ of hearing and equilibrium in vertebrates, in humans consisting of an external ear that gathers sound vibrations, a middle ear in which the vibrations resonate against the tympanic membrane, and a fluid-filled internal ear that maintains balance and that conducts the tympanic vibrations to the auditory nerve, which transmits them as impulses to the brain.
    2. the external ear alone: The hat completely covers his ears.
    3. the sense of hearing: sounds that are pleasing to the ear.
    4. keen or sensitive perception of the differences of sound, especially sensitiveness to the quality and correctness of musical sounds: an ear for music; a violinist with a good ear.
    5. attention; heed: to gain a person's ear.
    6. any part that resembles or suggests an ear in position or form, as the handle of a teacup.
    7. Architecture . crossette.
    8. Journalism . a small box in either upper corner of a newspaper page, usually the front page or split page, containing the name of or a symbol for the edition, a weather bulletin, a slogan, or the like.
    9. Furniture .
    a. a decorative feature at the upper end of a leg.
    b. one of the decorative features at each end of a crest rail.
    10. ears, Slang . earphones.
    11. ear tuft.

  • Hear

    verb (used with object)
    1. to perceive by the ear: Didn't you hear the doorbell?
    2. to learn by the ear or by being told; be informed of: to hear news.
    3. to listen to; give or pay attention to: They refused to hear our side of the argument.
    4. to be among the audience at or of (something): to hear a recital.
    5. to give a formal, official, or judicial hearing to (something); consider officially, as a judge, sovereign, teacher, or assembly: to hear a case.
    6. to take or listen to the evidence or testimony of (someone): to hear the defendant.
    7. to listen to with favor, assent, or compliance.
    8. (of a computer) to perceive by speech recognition.

    verb (used without object)
    9. to be capable of perceiving sound by the ear; have the faculty of perceiving sound vibrations.
    10. to receive information by the ear or otherwise: to hear from a friend.
    11. to listen with favor, assent, or compliance (often followed by of ): I will not hear of your going.
    12. (of a computer) to be capable of perceiving by speech recognition.
    13. (used interjectionally in the phrase Hear! Hear! to express approval, as of a speech).



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